Boyhood + Jules and Jim

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Double feature: Of course I am neither the first, nor will I be the last, to recommend “Boyhood.” But what I may be able to add is the observation that its exploration of time and existence is a uniquely American one.

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Before Midnight + Claire’s Knee

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Double feature: The perfect pairing for the (unofficial) last weekend of summer – “Before Midnight” and “Claire’s Knee.”  Why? It’s not just that both are set, either all or in part, during summer’s end. It’s that, in a larger sense, the two films are structured around, and brim over with, markers of time.

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Designing Women + The Golden Girls

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Double feature: The easy parallel between these two series is the quartet of shared archetypes leading up their respective casts.  In both “The Golden Girls” and “Designing Women,” you’ll find: the sweet one (Rose, Charlene;) the brainy one (Dorothy, Julia;) the sexy one (Blanche, Suzanne;) and the quirky one (Sophia, Mary Jo.)   Also, but less to the point, a semi-emasculated male drifting in and out of the frame (Stanley, Anthony.)

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